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    Voyageurs

    National Park Minnesota

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People

Voyageurs National Park was established in 1975, but the stories of people who lived in this place stretch much farther back in time.

The first people to travel to this region came thousands of years ago, after the last of the glaciers had melted away and left this low landscape of expansive lakes and wetlands.

Many people called this place home before the European demand for beaver pelts brought fur traders into the region. The voyageurs, who paddled large birch bark canoes carrying trade goods and furs between the Canadian northwest and Montreal, continue to inspire the imagination of today's park visitors.

This landscape was also home to people that sought to make their living off the land through logging, mining, commercial fishing, and recreation.

Did You Know?

An immature bald eagle perches on a branch on its former nesting tree.

Voyageurs National Park experienced a large, lightning-ignited fire on the Kabetogama Peninsula in 2004. This young eagle survived the fire and returned to its former nesting tree in time for park researchers to take this photo!